In the last few of weeks, there have been a couple of posts over at New World Notes about various social media networks and the writer’s opinion on their usefulness for Second Life users.
As a blogger, I am always looking for ways to make connections – with other bloggers, readers, SLers, etc.
A great way to do that is social media.
However, there are sooo many platforms and only 24 hours in a day (and I reserve some of those hours for sleep and RL!), so how do you decide which ones to use?
Also, how can you get the most out of the time you do spend on each network?
Rather than covering all the networks mentioned in the NWN articles, I’m going to stick to the ones I use or have questions about (hey, this is about me, right?).
I would love to streamline my process, so I’m asking all you brilliant people for your tips and tricks on the various platforms.
(Okay, this isn’t really a social network, but I still have questions. 😛 )
Obviously, I use WordPress to blog.
However, a TON of people use Blogger.
Is there an easy way (or any way) to ‘like’ a Blogger post?
On WordPress blogs, I can hit a ‘like’ button or leave a comment very easily.
I haven’t found a way to ‘like’ Blogger posts.
Also, with Blogger posts, I have to pick a ‘profile’ to use for a comment and 9 times out of 10, when I hit ‘publish,’ Blogger eats my comment. -.-
I use Twitter, but I’m not sure that it’s all that useful for networking in SL.
I follow quite a few people, but most tweets tend to be people tweeting their blog posts or pics.
Is there a way to streamline/pick SL content for my Twitter feed?
I have tried using TweetDeck, but I usually am on a mobile device when I’m on Twitter, so is there a way to use TweetDeck on mobile?
Are there ‘must-follow’ people on Twitter?
What hashtags do most SLers use when tweeting about SL?
I finally caved several months ago and got a Flickr account, and I must say, I love it.
I love taking photos and playing around in Photoshop, and I’m having a ton of fun.
However, the Flickr UI (which apparently is constantly changing), is not user-friendly at all.
I have joined groups and followed others, but is there a way to easily view recent group photos besides clicking through to each group’s postings?
A group photostream, like the one I get for people I follow on Flickr?
I’ve tried adding an RSS feed to my feed reader (Feedly), but it doesn’t work. 😦
Are there tags I should be using (for my own photos and for searching) other than ‘Second Life’ or ‘SL’?
Avatar Social Network (ASN)
I signed up for ASN because I loathe Facebook.
I know I can have a Facebook Page as my avatar, but I don’t like the constantly changing privacy policies at Facebook.
Plus, a Page just doesn’t give you the tools that a profile does, so it doesn’t foster the same networking ability.
I like ASN.
It’s easy to use (it’s set up in many ways like Facebook with ‘likes,’ ‘groups,’ ‘pages,’ etc.) and there is a large friendly community.
ASN serves other virtual worlds besides SL, but there are plenty of active SLers on ASN.
However, I feel like I could be getting more out of ASN.
Are there people I should be following on ASN?
Any input about ASN is appreciated. 🙂
I am on Google because I have Gmail.
I do not have a Google+ page – should I?
People can follow my profile on Google – is it necessary to also have a page?
I like Google – I think the tools are more intuitive to use than most other platforms.
But like ASN, I often feel I could/should be getting more out of the time I spend there.
I am on Ello, but when I first joined, it was not very populated.
I haven’t been back in a while – is the SL community there growing?
Or was it just the latest new shiny alternative to Facebook?
What about SLUniverse and the forums?
Are there other platforms that are helpful for networking with other SLers?
Enlighten me, people!!!